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Day of Long-Range Aviation of Russia. Experience: from Berlin to Syrian

By order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force, a holiday for pilots of the Far East appeared on the calendar of military holidays of the Russian Federation aviation. This event happened in 1999, when not only Long-Range Aviation, but also the entire Armed Forces of the country experienced enormous difficulties. The country itself experienced difficulties, over which there was a direct threat of loss of territorial integrity. As you know, it was in 1999 that the militants decided to strike at Dagestan, expanding the zone of their influence in the North Caucasus. But it was precisely in 1999 that what could be called a turning point in stories of modern Russia - the people who in Dagestan decided to take in hands weapon, so that together with the security forces of the Russian Federation to give the terrorist evil in the teeth.

Day of Long-Range Aviation of Russia. Experience: from Berlin to Syrian

Against this background, the emergence of a new military holiday in the calendar of holiday dates may well be regarded as an additional incentive to consolidate society, to honor the glorious traditions for the defense of the Fatherland, including its defense at distant approaches. And who, if not the pilots of the Long-Range Aviation, who are celebrating their professional holiday today, knows what it means to protect the interests of Russia where there are hundreds, or even thousands of kilometers to the borders of the country.

December 23 Russian Long-Range Aviation celebrates its 103 anniversary. The countdown is from the moment when the first flight of a heavy 4-motorized Ilya Muromets bomber took place in pre-revolutionary Russia - an airplane designed by the famous aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky. The fate was such that the company, named after this Russian engineer-inventor, today manufactures aviation equipment on behalf of a completely different power.

Long-range aviation received its development during the Great Patriotic War. Already on its first day — literally a few hours after the Nazi invaders crossed the Soviet borders, long-range bomber pilots entered combat with the enemy. 22 June air strikes were inflicted on the accumulations of manpower and equipment of the Nazis in the areas of Prasnysh and Suwalki.

Less than two months later, in the strictest secrecy, heroic crews of distant Soviet bombers flew from carefully concealed airfields to bombard the Hitler capital. From August to September, the 1941 of the year Soviet aircraft, overcoming hundreds of kilometers above the Baltic, bombed industrial and other strategically important areas of Berlin. In total, 90 has been flown during this time. Not everyone came back. And we remember this - about the heroism of the pilots who committed real feats in the sky, scorched by the glow of war.

The very fact that in the summer of Berlin 1941 could be attacked by Soviet military aviation was a real shock for both the German “burghers” and the German military command. Initially, the German press came out with the materials that the attack was probably caused by British aircraft. But the British aviation neither then nor now does not go to such risks and feats. At the same time, the current British Prime Minister Teresa May, without blushing, calls British pilots, for example, the winners of ISIS (* banned in Russia) in Iraq and Syria. As if they won, and then ... Right from their island, "defeated fascism."

The Soviet pilots did their daily work, causing enormous damage to the enemy, who eventually suffered a crushing defeat.

Today's Russian long-range aviation pilots are successors of the glorious military traditions of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. The Syrian campaign of long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces can rightfully be included in textbooks on modern principles of air strikes outside the country.

Rising from airfields on the territory of Russia, Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22МЗ aircraft under the cover of our fighters entered the SAR airspace, where they attacked training camps, ammunition depots, weapons factories, fortified terrorists in a number of Syrian provinces: Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor. Both standard aerial bombs and the newest airborne cruise missiles were used. The result - thousands of militants destroyed, completely destroyed the logistics system of the terrorist group, liquidated funds for bringing terrorists profits, huge damage in the form of destroyed military equipment. Plus, the improvement of the combat skills of the pilots, the development of theoretical foundations in real practice, the development of optimal actions when applying air strikes with the subsequent return to home-based airfields in the non-stop flight mode, the testing of various flight modes.

Today, Long-Range Aviation of Russia does not strike at terrorists anymore (in general, the operation is completed), but the combat experience acquired during the Syrian campaign is truly invaluable. In the end, the actions of our “long-distance players” are also a big hello to the “partners”, who, with their faces stretched from amazement, watched how you can achieve serious success with the use of a limited amount of resources.

"Military Review" congratulates the existing pilots and veterans of the Long-Range Aviation of Russia (USSR) on the holiday!
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  1. Spartanez300
    Spartanez300 23 December 2017 05: 47
    Congratulations on the holiday to everyone related to Russian Long-Range Aviation, I wish you health and good luck !!!
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 23 December 2017 10: 27
      Happy Long-Range Aviation Day!
      Happy holiday, far-distance and everyone involved! love
      I wish you health, happiness, success, longevity and all the very best in life!

    2. 79807420129
      79807420129 23 December 2017 10: 49
      Happy holiday Truckers! love Good luck, health and happiness.
  2. Masya masya
    Masya masya 23 December 2017 06: 09
    Happy Holiday !!! love
    On the Day of Long-Range Aviation of Russia
    I wish you, hovering over the country:
    Let not the slanting rains scare you,
    Neither the headwind, nor the scorching heat;
    May the firmament of the sky be soft to you,
    Motors let them roar
    Let it be only summer weather
    Let them always wait at home with victory! love
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    2. novel66
      novel66 23 December 2017 20: 57
      Ltd! thump again! and where are the pictures of bears? Masenka, hello! love
  3. Dart2027
    Dart2027 23 December 2017 06: 35
    Golovanov Alexander Evgenievich "Long-range bomber ..."
    The history of ADD during the Second World War, told by its commander.
  4. Amurets
    Amurets 23 December 2017 07: 41
    Happy holiday pilots of long-range aviation. All the best in life and clear sky.
  5. jolly deckhand
    jolly deckhand 23 December 2017 07: 50
    Happy Holidays, Guys !!! Health to you and your relatives !!!
  6. Iline
    Iline 23 December 2017 08: 16
    In fact, on this day, Nicholas II signed a decree on the formation of the first squadron of Ilya Muromtsev. But this does not change the essence of the matter, except for the moderators checking the posted materials.
    Happy holiday, colleagues!
  7. michell
    michell 23 December 2017 08: 43
    On December 10 (23), 1914, Emperor Nicholas II approved a resolution of the military council on the creation of the first bomb squadron of Ilya Muromets.
    I join in the congratulations of all former and active servicemen of the 37th Air Army (as a separate line, of all those involved in the activities of the reception center of the TsUS DA). Happy holiday to all, colleagues!
  8. LSA57
    LSA57 23 December 2017 09: 12
    Happy holiday
  9. Serg65
    Serg65 23 December 2017 10: 31
    Happy holiday flyers drinks

    Pretty boy good
    1. Rushnairfors
      Rushnairfors 23 December 2017 11: 25
      lline, pvv113 and VERESK I congratulate you on the Day of Long-Range Aviation, all the best.
      1. HEATHER
        HEATHER 23 December 2017 15: 37
        Rushnairfors I’m healthy, colleague! Happy holiday! Be healthy and do not cough! Special greetings to Shaikovka!
    2. Serg65
      Serg65 23 December 2017 11: 33
      Romaaaa !!!! Where are you bro ??? laughing Go already Massandra whipping ???
      Happy Holiday Buddy drinks
      1. novel66
        novel66 23 December 2017 21: 00
        I work, I work, I’ll start now, drinks just a dog walk!
      2. novel66
        novel66 23 December 2017 22: 50
        In Long-Range Aviation - a sword, you are a floating suitcase laughing
    3. novel66
      novel66 23 December 2017 20: 59
      but, like, is my TU-95 not handsome? watch the bazaar! hi mean greed!
  10. pvv113
    pvv113 23 December 2017 11: 10
    All dalnikov, their family, as well as those involved - with the holiday!
  11. Lexus
    Lexus 23 December 2017 14: 24
    So that the number of take-offs always coincides with the number of landings!
    Happy holiday, MEN!
  12. Iline
    Iline 23 December 2017 14: 42
    I can’t help but share the good news - today, for the first time in its history, the Tu-160 made a group launch of 12 X-101 cruise missiles at the Kamchatka training ground. For the men! drinks
  13. Koronik
    Koronik 23 December 2017 14: 51
    Good, health and good luck, our dear defenders !!!
    HEATHER 23 December 2017 15: 28
    Guys! Happy Holidays! Pilots and techies, weather services and locators, battery men and doctors. Bravo to you!
    1. novel66
      novel66 23 December 2017 22: 52
      Hurray to all of us truly!
  15. iouris
    iouris 23 December 2017 15: 45
    If there is "long-range aviation", there should be "close aviation".
    1. svp67
      svp67 23 December 2017 16: 36
      Quote: iouris
      If there is "long-range aviation", there should be "close aviation".

      Yes, it’s called “military”, it’s certainly nothing closer to infantry ...
      1. novel66
        novel66 23 December 2017 21: 01
        yes no, rather su-24, 25
  16. svp67
    svp67 23 December 2017 16: 33
    Fate has turned out so that the company, named after this Russian engineer-inventor, today produces aviation equipment on behalf of a completely different power.
    Well, at least the name of the company at which he worked returned to Russia. Russo-Balt is again Russian. It’s a pity that only airplanes do not release
    1. iouris
      iouris 24 December 2017 00: 58
      Quote: svp67
      Russo-Balt is again Russian.

      It will be if Riga becomes the capital of Russia.
  17. NN52
    NN52 23 December 2017 17: 39
    Happy Holidays, colleagues !!!!
    Health more!
  18. Bort radist
    Bort radist 23 December 2017 18: 24
    Dalniki happy holiday from transport workers. Bright distant. Our sky cannot be taken away from us.
  19. Russian bear
    Russian bear 23 December 2017 21: 02
    Happy holiday, long-haul!
  20. The Siberian barber
    The Siberian barber 23 December 2017 22: 23
    Happy Holidays, all involved and concerned! Less freelance situations and more good and new cars!)
    SASHA OLD 24 December 2017 02: 12
    All involved with the holiday !!